Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four-minute and one-minute rounds. These Day One bouts at Havana Theatre are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Cafe Deux Soleils during Verses Festival. The scores from these eight bouts determine the twelve poets who move on to compete in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship (CIPS) final match on Saturday night.
All poetry performances on the stage are judged by volunteer audience members. That’s what make this poetry game so great. Which means we need you!
(Bouts 1 and 3 take place at Cafe Deux Soleils down the street at the same time as these bouts at Havana Theatre)
BOUT 2 / Doors 6 pm / Show 6:30 pm / Havana Theatre
BOUT 4 / Doors 8 pm / Show 8:30 pm / Havana Theatre
Note the 6:30 start. Doors at 6. Get there early!
Advance tickets for this night (both bouts included) are available for $8 on Brown Paper Tickets here.
Or $10 at the door, cash only.
Admission to this event is included in your Verses Festival Pass but get there early to get a seat!
Verses 2018 Early Bird Passes are available at Brown Paper Tickets here until April 10.
BOUT 2: (order of draw only; order on stage drawn before bout on Thursday)
D’Scribe the Poet
Dream on John
Andrew Jack Livsey
Nolan (NoNo Ryan) Janssen
BOUT 4: (order of draw only; order on stage drawn before bout on Thursday)
Poetik with a Silent K
Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the right, is a black door leading into the theatre. There is a narrow hallway and two doors to access the performance space. This narrow hallway is possible for wheelchairs to pass through, but can be difficult for larger scooters to maneuver. There are no stairs. Washrooms are located at the end of a hallway which is maneuverable but also narrow.